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    November 7, 2012
    4:30 - 4:55am EST  

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you're watching the staigs that works -- station that works for you, now, good morning maryland. and when i earn your vote or not, i have listened to you and i have learned from you and you have made me a better president. >> after campaigning for more than a year president obama wins the ultimate prize four more years in office now time to improve your history. >> same sex couples can marry in our state. >> we are at m and t bank stadium when democrats celebrated a recap of the best ticket in time when all elections were final coming up on this wednesday november 7th good morning maryland i am charley crowson.
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>> i am megan pringle. we have you covered from the national to local events. >> time for a check of the forecast. it could be changing out there. let's check in with lynette. >> yes it's changing. we can see on maryland's most powerful radar seeing wet weather move in across the area. we look across the eastern shore right now and look at the pinks. so as you step out the door across the area a wintery mix that's the scenario continuing throughout the day and a switch over to snow as we go into the afternoon. we have a winter weather advisory posted for the areas here shaded in bluep this is in effect at 10 this morning until wednesday morning. so accumulations maybe about 1 to 2 inches mainly of wet slushy stuff especially accumulations across the grassy surfacess or mail bock us about we are very cold once again this morning. cold enough to support snowfall across the area. let's check the abc2 timesaver traffic with lauren cook. >> reporter: good morning. hard to believe we are into
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november and we are dealing with snow. if you are heading out right now, no problems on the jfx. clear from 695 all the way downtown to east fayette street. everything will be up to speed through the fort mchenry tunnel and habor tunnel and checking in and looking outside, here in parkville, beltway is going to be in great shape no problems from harford up to 83. this is the west side of 695 at herbert road. traffic moving -- liberty road. traffic moving along. that's a look at your abc2 timesaver traffic. four more years. four more years. >> a big moment in washington, d.c. as crowds celebrate president obama's victory. this was the scene outside the white house thousands gathered into the early morning hours showing their support and their excitement for the reelected president. >> new york city where excitement filled times square and it's a nice change frrt images we have been showing out
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of new york in the wake of sandy. crowds went crazy when the president projected to win reelection. >> and another major new york city landmark showing off the patriotic side. the life on the -- lights on the empire state building red, white and blue and blue at base of it and that's because it's in honor of president obama's win. the american people have spoken and you have reelected president obama for a second term. >> he has spooferers -- supporters gather to celebrate the very maniry and we have more on the big win. >> reporter: thousands packed the chicago convention center to celebrate the current and future president barack obama. >> our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. >> reporter: tonight's outcome was anything but certain.
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it has been six months and more than 100 rallies since the president officially kicked off his reelection efforts. slow economic recovery and a poor performance in the first presidential debate left the campaign in a virtual tie in the final weeks. but as the election wore on the president continued to rack up key electoral votes and shortly after 11 p.m. eastern time, it was ohio that put obama over the top and a state that became ground zero for both candidates in the phenyl hours of the campaign. -- final hours of the campaign. for mitt rom mi it was bitter disappointment but in a concession speech to supporters in boston he conveyed a message of university the in defeat. >> i so wish it's been able to fulfill your hopes to lead your country in a different direction but the nation chose another leader and ann and i join with you to pray for him and this great nation. >> reporter: the president says he looks forward to working with the former opponent.
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>> the weeks ahead i look forward to sitting down with governor romney where we can work together to move the country forward. >> reporter: the president in the victory speech took a bipartisan tone saying americans voted for action and not politics as usual but again keep in mine, this is a democratic president who will be dealing with a house that is run by republicans and a senate run by democrats and again the same setup facing the same divisions we have seen over the last four years. that's the latest from chicago. >> the race we had our ice on voters had major initiatives to decide on. >> this morning the results are in and our state is making history. sherrie johnson is live in federal hill with the outcome of question 6 and a lot of the nation was watching how maryland would vote. >> reporter: there are a lot of eyes on maryland and maryland made history as we voted to make same sex marriage legal in this state. it's a question that has been defeated each of the 32 times
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it had been on the ballot in other states. maryland is now the 7th state in addition to the district of columbia to approve marriage equality. voting on question 6 came when supporters argued that same sex marriage is is a civil right and that children of same sex couples key serve -- deserved to be raised by parents married. it doesn't force clergy to perform marriage ceremonies many religious organizations are not required to participate in the ceremonies. opponents of question 6 collected more than double the number of signatures required to push it too a referendum. now maryland is the first state to legalize same sex marriage through a ballot referendum. local courts can begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples in january. and same sex marriage was approved in maine. reporting live in federal hill,sherrie johnson, abc2 news. blackjack and expanding gaming conto the -- coming to the state. voters approved question 7 and this morning christian schaffer
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is where a new casino will be built. >> reporter: supporters say that the passage of question 7 in maryland will mean hundreds of millions of dollar for schools and it will certainly mean a new casino here at national harbor and table games for all the casinos around the state. supporters celebrated with abang. a fireworks show over the potomac river it was a close vote. opponents don't believe those claims that more dollars will go to education. they gathered down the road rose croft raceway hoping question 7 would be voted down. in the end, you heard the celebration, from the architect to move this the county executive. >> prince george's county you carried it home and made us proud. i want to let you know the money that comes from this just like we said all along so sometimes you can't believe a
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comptroller. that the money is going towards education and it's going to help build fifth 210 and health care and jobs and jobs and jobs. >> reporter: by law the casino here in prince george's county can't open until 2016. however, the other gaming facilities around the state have been built with the anticipation of possibly adding table games so those will be added much sooner than that. reporting from prince george's count. children of ilheel immigrants -- illegal immigrants can pay in-state tuition at public college. 59% of voting in favor, 41% they voted against it. under the measure, kids of illegal immigrants must attend
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a maryland high school for three years and their parents have to show they have filed state income taxes during that time. time for a check on the weather. certainly the weather was not an indication of voter turnout because we had sunny skies. >> we did. very good timing of the nor'easter if you have to have one. as we look at what's going on right now, it's pushing in across the area. you can see all the rain from it. outer bands are moving close to the area and also you are seeing pinks and blues. that's a wintery mix that's along the eastern shore. you can see it around fox meadow right now and also centerville moving off towards the north and it will continue to do so as we go through the rest of the morning. so we will have a rain-snow mix throughout the day. more snow -- throughout the day. more snow throughout afternoon. prince frederick a wintery mx across the area. brandy wine and this is going tonight scenario as we go through the day. it's going to be a quick mover and in and out as we go into tomorrow, things are going to
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improve. we will see much drier times but today, very cold and emmettsburg at 33. jefferson at 34. havre de grace 37. more of the same in sparrows point annapolis and upper 30s across goldsboro and federalsburg. for 20 years se served in the house of represent at this . -- representative. >> but he is no longer in the house. >> it was a huge night for the democrats in maryland. how they were celebrating. >> reporter: everything is up to speed on 97. at route 100 i will let you know what it look like on 95 and 83 coming up good morning maryland.
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news time 4:42. for a closer look at some of the results from the local races, there was only one incumbent who didn't keep his seat in the house or u.s. senate republican representative lost in district
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6. he was elected for the first time in 1992 and the 86-year- old was the second oldest member in the house of representatives. congressman harris is now the only republican to serve maryland in the federal government. abc2 news brian kuebler spent election night with the state's republican party with the candidate at bwi west in linthicum and has more reaction to the big win. >> reporter: the voters of district one put him in office for a second straight term in the u.s. house of representatives. he he said the nation faces serious challenges and he has the confidence to take on the challenges and believes in american greatness and he says he will not apologize for it. our government he also added cannot work if only half of our legislature is doing its job laying blame on the gridlock of the last two years on the democratically controlled senate. let's listen to what else he had to say shortly after his speech this evening. >> we are going to keep our
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eyes focus on problems and how we will try to help fix it. >> you are pushing towards 2014. >> absolutely. we have had huge fiscal problems in the state also and the republican party is going to have to step forward and identify itself as a party to interest you have the to solve the fiscal problems and we will see how that plays out. >> reporter: as you heard congressman harris had push towards 2014 saying it is a huge election for this state and for the republican party. in links links couple brian kuebler. >> republicans may have not won the presidency but they are celebrate one win that came out of this election the b. -- gop is the majority in the u.s. house of representatives. this comes two years after the party took control. democrats needed to pick up 25 seats to regain the control. this morning democrats have a lot to celebrate and it was a huge night for the party. we spent election night at m and t bank stadium where
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democrats held the victory party. for many there were no words. hears -- tears of joy and cheers of excitement after the president secure the second term in office. >> we elected our president. >> reporter: it capped off a rake rancorous night for state democrats sending 7 members to the house of representatives and return cardin to the u.s. senate. >> this is a day that will change history not just for baltimore not just for maryland but for our country. >> reporter: and it was a night of history for maryland voters. passing all major ballot questions, including expanded game redistricting and the dream act. marled became one of the first -- maryland became one of the first stays to pass same sex marriage. now after a night of celebration, the country picks it up essentially where it left off. democrats control the white house and senate and republicans held on the control of the house and with looming economic and employment issues at hand how will the two sides work together this time? >> we have got to stop the
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partisan politics on both sides of the aisle and pull together and make things happen. >> i think the difference today is we know the fiscal realities and we have to deal with it for the sake of the country all of us should put our nation first night democratic propose -- >> it's not a democratic or republican proposal we have to come together with a compromise for the good of the country an american proposal. >> ben cardin who charley interview his win made it possible for democrats to keep control of the u.s. senate. it's been in their hands since2006 with republicans keeping control in the house. we have a divided washington after this election. >> news time 4:46. a lot of changes coming to us weather wise. much colder as we have been telling yoi. now the -- you. now the possibility of. >> the snow. >> don't say it. >> if it's going to be cold i want it to snow. >> exactly. get in trouble for saying the s word my facebook friends don't like that but i have to say it because we will get some throughout the day.
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as i step out of the way, this is the nor'easter pushing in across the area bringing us wet weather also a within theory mix and this continues through the rest of today. temperatures are going to be cold enough to support this snow and in lot of spots. we are at glen burnie 37 degrees. and 34 in sykesville. wind will be on the windy sideout of the northeast at 10 to 15 miles an hour with gusts up to about 30 miles an hour. right now, we see sustained wind about 5 in baltimore and they will pick up going throughout the day. 13 in dc right now and 5 in york. so we will have a wind chill so the 30s i showed you going to feel more like we are in the 20s. we are going to be cold and wendy and this is what's going on at the surface. you can see the nor'easter pulling away and it's across the in the atlantic right now. away from the coast that's some good news. if this was further in we would be seeing some much worse weather sliding up the coast going through tomorrow and it's
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going to take the nasty weather with it. so we have today the wendy conditions and the cold conditions and also the wentry mix. as we go into the afternoon we will see more snow across the area. accumulations are going to be on the tough side because you will have rain and then snow on top of that. so basey some -- basically some slushy accumulation 1 to 2 inches and across the eastern shore we are looking over 1 or 1 1/3 but we are going to be seeing changing of times. 40 degrees for today and it's going to be cold and windy and we have the wentry mix and tonight that snow is likely one to two inches of slush but basically that's towards the east. let's check the abc2 timesaver traffic with lauren cook good morning. >> reporter: good morning. i can't believe it's going to feel like it's in the 20s. shouldn't be possible for right now for early november. well if you heading out of 95 you will want to crank the heat but no delays from columbia to downtown baltimore looking at
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13-minute ride for that stretch no problems through the fort mchenry tunnel or harbor tunnel and as we check in and look at 695, you will notice the west side is going to be in great shape in baltimore national pike no problems getting up to 795 and this is what the harrisburg expressway looks like in hunt valley everything up to speed not too many cars out there is going to tack you 22 minutes altogether to travel from the maryland pennsylvania state line down to the beltway. that's a look at your abc2 timesaver traffic now over to you. five things to know as you head out this morning. senator ben cardin celebrating the reelection win with barbara mccuss can i -- mcculls can i and they will have -- mikulski. facebook wanted to know who was voting and put on a elections poll. more than twice as many women clicked on it. 8 million facebook users voted.
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and here's the popular boat with 97% of the precincts reporting this morning, obama has 57 million votes compared to 55 1/2 million for romney. obama took 303 electoral votes and romney 206. florida still undecided. amazon is testing a pricing scheme for video streaming service to compete. it will offer prime program for 7.99 a month to certain customers. and it is pricer than the 79 dollar annual fee. overlook community empowerment center is hosting a job fair. it's to celebrate the magic johnson foundation 21st anniversary. a resume and job interviewing workshop and local companies linwill be on hand to talk to potential employees. parts of the east coast especially new york and new jersey are still a mess. >> the work is being done to restore the power and were the lights are not coming on fast
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enough. >> sandy left many in garrett county without power and buried under heavy snow. the help that county is getting this morning.
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7 minutes away from five. frustration is growing in long island that's where many homeowners are still without power. huge trees brought down power lines leaving many stranded in the cold dark homes and they saythis family has disabled son and are answeringry they have not gotten information about when the lights will be back on. they have not been able to use a lift to get their son upstairs to shower or sleep. despite the help from the community the family they may still have to wait even longer. there are reports of the shortage the power poles which means it's going to be maybe three more weeks before the power is back on. people in garrett county will get help at a food bank distributes 34,000 pounds of food to areas where sandy
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dumped two feet of snow and left thousands in the dark. people in somerset county got food after the storm. it was bought as part of a grant approved bygoneor o'malley. with a threat of of a nor'easter michael blockberg is closing down the beaches and parks because he is worried there will be 5 5-mile-per-hour that could bring down more branches and trees that have been weakened by sandy and the threat of coatal flooding much -- coastal flooding, much of that the sand formed between the sea and people's homes is washed away. when you look at this and think about the possibility of 50-mile-an-hour gusts coming that way again, this is just more problems they don't need. >> you feel so bad for the people and imagine how frustrating it is to be without power for week. we experienced it during the summer but this is cold. >> and it's dangerous. >> exactly. not only is it cold but it's dangerous across the area. this is what they are dealing w co are going to be dealing with